The “Research” section of our personal website covers our published work in academic dance research (ethnography, anthropology and ethnochoreology) and our involvement in local dance practice.
Please see our website at eliznik.org.uk for dance, costume, music and ethnography.
You can find on academic.edu – Liz Mellish and Nick Green.
Our ongoing research projects include:
- Festivals and contemporary festivities in Banat
- Romanian dancers and dance ensembles – lives and histories
- The history and connections of Balkan dancing in the UK
We are active members of two ICTM study groups
This chapter explores Romanian dancers’ participation in organized dance competitions, both within Romania and internationally, and investigates the informal competition that exists between the members of the Banat Romanian dance community. It includes three themes. The first traces a historical trajectory on the changing importance of performances of local, regional, …read more
Özbilgin, Mehmet Öcal and Mellish, Liz (editors) (2018). “The cultural development of folk dance festivals and the sustainability of tradition : Introduction.” Liz Mellish; Mehmet Öcal Özbilgin (editors), The Cultural Development of Folk Dance Festivals and the Sustainability of Tradition: pages 11-26. İzmir, Turkey: Ege University Press. ISBN: 978-605-338-238-6.
This chapter discusses the relationship between local dance groups at festivals and sustaining local dancing in the community. Festivals in south east Europe traditionally include food, drink, music and dancing, and in Timișoara this format is used for many events from the village Saint’s day to the large international folk …read more
This chapter explores the question of what is considered as an (ideal) international folk dance festival by drawing from longitudinal ethnography among festival organisers in Romania, participants in international folk dance in festivals within Romania and Romanian participants in festivals elsewhere, as well as from archival and published sources. It …read more
The ‘Cultural Development of Folk Dance Festivals and the Sustainability of Tradition’ is a collection of case studies written by authors who have undertaken long term research on folk dance festivals, in many different locations, as part of their overall research as dance ethnologists, ethnochoreologists or anthropologists. All the authors …read more
În luna noiembrie a anului 2016 am avut plăcerea să fiu invitat de colegul meu de breaslă din Timişoara, coregraful Marius Ursu, pentru a preda jocuri populare sud-moldoveneşti în cadrul unui seminar la care au participat studenţi din mai multe centre universitare, membri ai unor ansambluri folclorice studenţeşti. Alături de …read more
This paper considers perspectives from dancers within a particular genre of recreational dance known as “Balkan folk dance” in the UK. Through asking participants about their understanding of dancing I consider, firstly their preference to Bulgarian dances over Romanian dances, secondly their lack of relationship to Bulgarian dance groups in …read more
The UK “Balkan dance scene” is an urban based activity. Although it built on longer term connections between the UK and dances from the Balkan area, the majority of the participants were born and grew up in the “West” and have no genealogical connections to southeastern Europe. Drawing on anthropological …read more
What we ‘see’ in a dance depends on who we are, but is this reflected in how we analyse the visual recording? When such video data is of a social activity, then the ‘context’ and ‘people’ are frequently part of anthropology papers, but dance is also about the moving. We …read more
Twenty five years since the changes in regimes in southeastern Europe, local dance is still thriving and has even taken on a new vibrancy both within this area and among southeast European economic migrants. This paper evaluates these trends by focussing on two examples, recreational dance groups for adults in …read more